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January 16 - May 22, 2017

Monday Evenings, 6 - 9pm

Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church

8845 Greiner Rd.

Williamsville, NY 14221


Perspectives is a fifteen week course designed around four vantage points or "perspectives" — Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic. Each one highlights different aspects of God's global purpose.

The Biblical and  Historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historic fact of God's relentless work from the dawn of history until this day.

The Cultural and  Strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very "do-able" task, confirming the Biblical and Historical hope.


Why Perspectives

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself. From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelization remain today. It isn’t a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of


Three Levels Available

With students ranging from 16 to 92, we know everyone is at a different season of life. While the course is accredited for Undergrad and Graduate Level Credit , most aren’t looking for credit and opt for the Certificate Level  of study. This includes the best articles, weekly reviews graded by alumni who give feedback to help you grasp the concepts, and an integrative project which ties all you have learned together. The Key Reading Level  is a more basic level of a few selected articles each week and some journal responses. We highly recommend everyone taking it for Certificate Level unless you are seeking college credit.


We are also excited to announce that there will be a partner Perspectives class in Rochester, NY on Sundays, 3-6pm. If you or someone you know lives in or near the Rochester area, feel free to contact us for more information about this class.

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 16, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church 8445 Greiner Rd Williamsville NY 14221

Contact: JoAnn Kelsch

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Monday, January 16, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 1

      The Living God is a Missionary God

      God's purpose is three-fold: against evil—kingdom victory; for the nations—redemption and blessing; and for God—global glory in worship. God's purpose revealed in promise to Abraham. Exploring God's purpose for the nations: Blessing to the nations described.

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      Tom Brewster

      Engage Hope Ministries, Frisco TX

      Married 26 years to Rhesa Brewster Three children President - Engage Hope Ministries Deacon - Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano TX As a deacon and church leader in 1998, I realized that I had never truly accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. I made that decision and seriously began to seek to serve God with all my heart, not just on the outside. In 2011, I took a Perspectives class that completely changed my outlook on my walk and work with Christ. In 2012 God called us to full-time ministry. Today we lead a mobilizing organization and are working in Mexico, India and Uganda with indigenous ministry partners to plant churches, schools and Christian medical facilities.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 23, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 2

      The Story of His Glory

      Exploring God's purpose for Himself: How God has been steadily unfolding a plan throughout all nations and generations to bring about His greater glory, ultimately drawing to Himself the worship of all the peoples. Passion and prayer for God's glory.

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      Shirley Innis

      International Students, Inc., Hawthorne NJ

      Shirley grew up in a Christian home and at the age of 12 dedicated her life for missionary service. After graduating from Cairn University (Philadelphia College of Bible). She and her husband served as directors with Word of Life Ministries in Ecuador for 17 years and have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. She has recently been certified to teach Dog and Cat Theology material for lessons 1 and 2 and share lesson 2 with her husband. She is on full-time staff with International Students, Inc. as a City Director. She teaches in English or Spanish.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 30, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 3

      Your Kingdom Come

      Exploring God's purpose regarding evil: How God has accomplished a defeat of evil powers in order to open a season of history in which the nations can freely follow Christ. The kingdom of God as the destiny of all history. Christ's mission seeks a hindering of evil to bring about a sign of the coming peace of the kingdom of God. Our prayers contend with evil in order to bring about the transformation of society with Christ's kingdom in view.

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      Mimsie Robinson

      Bethel Gospel Assembly Missions, New York NY

      As the missions pastor of Bethel Gospel Assembly in New York City, Pastor Robinson has been involved in disciple-making efforts in India, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and several islands in the West Indies. Through involvement with Evangelism Explosion International as a teacher/trainer, he has been able to help many believers become effective witnesses at home and abroad. His involvement with Perspectives includes serving as a class coordinator. Presently, he is working on a Doctor of Missiology through the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. In 2009, Pastor Robinson helped plant Living Water Christian Center, a bilingual French and English congregation, affiliated with Bethel Gospel Assembly which serves the spiritual needs of the growing number of French-speaking West African immigrants in New York City. Pastor Robinson and his wife, Beverly Lynn, reside in the Harlem community. They have two single adult children, Michelle and David, who are both followers of Christ.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 6, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 4

      Mandate for the Nations

      Jesus shows great strategic interest in Gentiles; wise strategic focus by initiating a global mission on a few disciples among the Hebrew people. The Great Commission and the ways of God's sending in relational power. Dealing with the ideas of pluralism (all religions the same) and universalism (all persons saved).

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      Harry Vellekoop

      Elim Bible Institute & College, Lima NY

      Ordained with Elim Fellowship, member of Elim Fellowship Council of Elders. 14 years pastoral and missionary service Argentina & Paraguay, 7 yrs Director Elim World Mission Agency, 20 yrs instructor & leadership Elim Bible Institute & College. Currently pastoring Livonia Community Church, Livonia, NY. For several years annual seminar ministry to pastors throughout Paraguay on behalf of the Paraguayan National Association of Evangelical Pastors.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 13, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 5

      Unleashing the Gospel

      The first followers of Jesus: obedient in costly, foundational ways. The climactic act of the book of Acts is the freeing of the gospel to be followed by Gentiles without Jewish traditions as a requirement. A foundational act of God which speaks to the situations where the gospel is hindered today. Strategic suffering and apostolic passion.

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      Bruce Heckman

      Brownstown PA

      Bruce and Joyce Heckman met while serving the Lord in the Middle East. Their nearly twenty years of service in that region equipped them to prepare others for ministry among the world’s unreached peoples. They have given their lives to bring the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to those who have never heard.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 20, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 6

      The Expansion of the Christian Movement

      The story of God's purpose continues relentlessly from Abraham's day until the present moment. An overview of the largest and the longest-running movement ever in history—the world Christian movement. How the gospel surged through the peoples and places of the world. Important insights for our own day.

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      Chuck Walton

      Wycliffe Bible Translators - Ret., Newtown PA

      Chuck Walton is a graduate of Cairn U, Wheaton College and Temple University. He and his wife Janice have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years. Most of their career has been in the Philippines. They worked with two very different ethnic groups in there, the Itneg of Northern Luzon and the Sama of Pangutaran Island (a Muslim UPG) where they completed the translation of the New Testament. In addition to translation Chuck had been involved in mission administration and has taught Linguistics at the Wycliffe affiliate school in Dallas, Texas, Alliance Biblical Seminary in Quezon City, Philippines and the University of North Dakota. In 2013 Chuck retired but still does Mobilization for Wycliffe on a volunteer basis, and teaches ESL. They live in Newtown, PA (Bucks County). Chuck has taught for Perspectives since 2006 and is a coordinator.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 27, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 7

      Eras of Mission History

      The greatest explosion of growth ever has taken place in last 200 years in three "bursts" of activity. Why we could be in the final era of missions. The global harvest force comprised increasingly of non-Western missionaries.

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      Dana Goodnough

      Pittsford Community Church, Pittsford NY

      Dana L. Goodnough has been serving as pastor at Pittsford Community Church near Rochester, New York since 1985. Having grown up in the Finger Lakes region, Dana is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Calvary Bible College, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He also has a counseling degree from Liberty University and, more recently, a doctoral degree from Dallas Seminary. Dana is an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern Seminary and has helped train Christian leaders in Russia, Ukraine, and Brazil. He and his wife, Monica, have three children—Andrew (and his wife Nicole), Emma, and Adam.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 6, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 8

      Pioneers of the World Christian Movement

      Today we anchor the race by continuing what others have begun. It's a day of finishing. All the more reason to learn the wisdom and the heart of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in earlier generations. Reading the writings of William Carey and other leaders to discern what these people have left to us. Exploring the contribution of women in missions throughout the centuries.

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      Godwin Manuel

      Amherst NY



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 13, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 9

      The Task Remaining

      God's pressed His purpose forward until the present hour of amazing opportunity. Understanding the concept of "unreached peoples" to assess the remaining task. Recognizing the imbalance of mission resources shapes strategic priorities. The basic minimal missiological achievement in every people group opens the way for working with God against every kind of evil so that the gospel of the kingdom is declared and displayed with clarity and power. The need and opportunity of urban mission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 20, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 10

      How Shall They Hear?

      Culture and intercultural communication of the gospel. Communicating the gospel with relevance at the worldview level helps avoid syncretism (blending of cultural error with God?s truth) and also enables powerful movements of the gospel. Sensitive missionaries will look for ways that God has preserved or prepared people to hear the gospel, often finding redemptive analogies for God's truth.

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      Grace Fabian

      Douglassville PA

      Grace tells her amazing story in a new book, Outrageous Grace. You’ll be inspired to hear how our Almighty God brings life out of death. Grace Fabian, whose missionary husband was slain while translating the New Testament into a Pacific island language, could easily be excused if she were to carry to her grave the conviction that the loss was meaningless. “Couldn’t I also, in a gesture of adoration and faith, offer my husband’s blood as a precious ointment to my Savior?” she asked after reading in God’s word about a woman who, in an act of worship, poured out expensive perfume over Jesus’ head. She along with her husband, Edmund, lived in an isolated Nabak-speaking village in Papua New Guinea, learned the language, devised an alphabet, produced literacy materials and translated the Scripture for the 25,000 people speaking this language. God’s kindness was poured out on this family, and after Edmund’s death, Grace, along with dedicated Nabak men and women completed the translation. In 1998 the Nabak New Testament was dedicated to the glory of God. Now Grace resides in Pennsylvania where she speaks, teaches and writes, hoping that others will be inspired to join in the work of reaching Bibleless people groups around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 27, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 11

      Building Bridges of Love

      The incarnation as a model of missionary humility. How missionaries can enter appropriate roles in order to form relationships of trust and respect to develop a sense of belonging, and thus to communicate with credibility for understanding. Explore the intricacy of identification in another culture. Explore the even greater complexity of presenting identity with integrity in a globalized, terrorized, pluralized world. Recognizing the dynamics of social structure in order to initiate growing movements of ongoing communication throughout the society.

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      Richard Mendola

      International Friendships, Hilliard OH

      Rich was born in Buffalo, NY, the grandson of immigrants from Italy who settled in Western, NY. His mother and father were both raised in the Italian section of the city. Although he was raised in a religious family who attended church, he did not personally know Christ until he was 17 years old. Prior to that, the death of his father at age 13 triggered a search for meaning and truth. This eventually led to studying the Bible, where he discovered that the true purpose of life was to worship and serve God. Through reading the New Testament he learned that Jesus Christ made it possible to come to God because of His sacrificial death for sins. Immediately upon coming to know Jesus, Rich had the strong desire to let others know the good news. Rich attended Colgate University in New York State where he majored in Biology and minored in Education and Philosophy and Religion. After his graduation, he had the first opportunity to pastor and was called to serve a rural congregation . At the same time he served on the Dean’s staff at Colgate University as the Director of Housing. In addition, he studied for a Master’s degree in counseling. In 1979 Rich and Janet attended.the Urbana Mission Conference. There Rich sensed a call to full time cross-cultural ministry. In 1980 he began to work full-time with international students in Buffalo, NY. At the same time, Janet attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. In 1987 they moved to Athens, Ohio to open a new ministry to international students while Janet fulfilled her obligation to the National Health Service Corp – a program placing physicians in shortage areas. In 1991, Rich and Janet moved to Columbus, Ohio to work with International Friendships. Since 1998 he has served as the Executive Director. He also leads Bible studies and does 1-1 discipleship with students. He has written several Bible studies for internationals. He has served as the Chairperson for the Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals. Rich has also helped to plant two churches. He currently serves as lead pastor for All Nations Christian Fellowship. During Rich’s 29 years of service among internationals hundreds have come to know Jesus and many have returned as effective witnesses of Jesus among their own people. The kingdom of God is advancing among Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists because of the ministry to internationals. Jesus can share many wonderful and dramatic stories of God’s work among internationals. Rich is a regular speaker at missions conferences, evangelistic outreaches, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and is a lecturer at Vineyard Leadership Institute. Rich and Janet have 6 children: Grace, Danielle, Hope, Philip, Melody, and Paul. Rich’s interests are: Evangelism, Discipleship, trips, chess, and hats. Rich’s spiritual gifts are leadership, exhortation, and evangelism.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 3, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 12

      Christian Community Development

      A survey of world need. Dynamic balance of evangelism and social action. Hope for significant transformation as a sign of Christ's Lordship by Christian community development. Exploring the charge that missionaries destroy instead of serve cultures. Healing the wounds of the world between the peoples.

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      Mike Rufo

      Pioneers, Manlius NY

      Mike and Dorene recently sold the company they founded and operated for 17 years and now serve with the Pioneers Orlando Base. Mike is the assistant to the president for marketplace ministries. Marketplace ministries includes equipping and assisting missionaries in starting and operating businesses; and mobilizing and equiping professionals to participate in the great commission while working as an expat in a full time position.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 13

      The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches

      Look beyond institutional features of churches to understand churches as dynamic movements of Christ Himself being followed. Such a view of churches as organic, living things opens up the practicality of seeing them multiply rapidly as movements and also flourish in society bearing the fruit of social transformation. Churches as counter-communities, acting as salt and light, bringing change to their cultures. How movements multiply by connecting with entire families and larger social structures.

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      Orlando Rivera

      Orlando FL

      Dr. Orlando Rivera is the director of the Center for Transformative Work CTW). CTW seeks to establish urban centers for church planting and leadership develop; stimulate the integration of faith, work, and economics through entrepreneurship and business acceleration in disadvantaged communities; and encourage indigenous church planting movements globally. Dr. Rivera is a workshop facilitator/ consultant to the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative for alumni engagement and an adjunct instructor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He has a Masters degree in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, a Masters in Business Administration from Rollins College, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. He and his wife Nancy have ten children and three grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 24, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 14

      Pioneer Church Planting

      The hope of planting churches among unreached peoples. How the breakthrough of the gospel in an unreached people requires that the gospel be "de-Westernized". The difference of contextualizing the message, the messenger and the movement. Distinguish and appreciate people movements, church planting movements and insider movements.

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      Juri Ammari

      MetroAlliance, Cleveland OH

      Raised internationally, Dr J navigates place and cultures intuitively without changing who he is. He has lived, worked, & served the church in multicultural settings 20 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 15

      World Christian Discipleship

      What it means to integrate life for Christ's global purpose as a "'World Christian". Into the great story for His glory: a Person-driven life as a way of. pursuing a purpose-driven life. The basic practices of world Christians: going, sending, welcoming and mobilizing. The essential disciplines of World Christian discipleship: community, giving, praying and learning. Simplifying your lifestyle as if in "war-time". Exploring the practical ways of pursuing God's purpose. Business and mission. Short-term mission. Welcoming international visitors. Wisdom in working with local churches and in partnership with Christians in different parts of the world.

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      Tom Brunner

      The Syracuse Alliance Church, Syracuse NY

      Tom Brunner is Lead Pastor of The Syracuse Alliance Church (a multi-cultural church in a city 97% unchurched). He has transitioned older churches, planted a church, and has served as a singles, missions, and youth pastor. He and his wife have ministered to missionaries in Mali and Mongolia. After taking the Perspectives Course at the USCFWM on their honeymoon, they started the first Perspectives course in the greater NYC area. He holds degrees from Asbury University, Asbury Seminary, and has done doctoral work at Drew University and Fuller Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 8, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Monday, May 22, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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